Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry)

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification, see Massey University undergraduate entry requirements. It is strongly recommended (but not compulsory) that students beginning their study of Biochemistry should have a sound background in chemistry and biology at NCEA Level 3.

If you have some chemistry background, but not to NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent, we recommend that you take 123.103 Introductory Chemistry before beginning your programme. This course will introduce you to basic chemical vocabulary and provides training in the important chemical principles. Similarly, if you have not done NCEA Level 3 Biology you can take 162.103 Introductory Biology. Before enrolling in these courses you will need a university entrance qualification or, if you enrol over the Summer, you must achieve the university entrance requirements before the beginning of Semester One.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please click the 'Regulations' button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

For each course, check for prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, by searching the course code in the Course Search.

Possible First Year

Internal students at the Manawatu Campus

247.155 Communication in the Sciences
123.101 Chemistry and Living Systems
162.101 Biology of Cells
122.102 Biochemistry of Cells
161.130 Introductory Biostatistics
123.102 Chemistry & the Material World*


In addition to these six courses, choose two elective courses. It is easy to select additional 100-level (first year) courses that will allow you to add another major or minor in your degree or pursue an alternative major in your second year. Check that any additional majors and minors that you would like to add are available at your campus or can be completed with distance study.

  • *Although this is not a compulsory course, we strongly recommend that you take 123.102 Chemistry and the Material World as well as other biological sciences.
  • If you have started with a Veterinary Science Intermediate in Semester One you can continue into the Biochemistry major in Semester Two, You will have 199.101 Biology of Animals and 124.111 Physics for Life Sciences which are suitable electives.
  • If you are interested in Zoology, ensure you are enrolled in 199.101 Biology of Animals and add one elective.
  • If you are interested in Human Nutrition, ensure you are enrolled in 214.131 Introduction to Food and Nutrition and 194.101 Essentials of Mammalian Biology
  • If you are interested in Physiology or Animal Science, ensure you are enrolled in 194.101 Essentials of Mammalian Biology
  • If you are interested in Plant Science, ensure you are enrolled in 120.101 Biology of Plants and 284.101 Production Horticulture
  • If you are interested in Biological Sciences, ensure you are enrolled in 120.101 Biology of Plants and 199.101 Biology of Animals
  • If you are interested in Chemistry, ensure you are enrolled in 160.103 Introductory Mathematics or 160.101 Calculus I and add one elective.
  • With this selection of first year courses, you will have also met the Year One requirements of the Genetics and Microbiology majors.

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